Here is the latest addition to my swamp board terrain. Like I did with the pillars in last week's blog post I wanted to try my hand at creating the look and feel of the environment slowly reclaiming man made structures. If you google search jungle ruins more than likely you will come across a picture of some ruins with trees growing on top of the structure and like with the pillars I wanted to make a tree growing on top of a giant skull structure. So let take a look at how I created this piece.
The idea for this piece came while buying food for my dog at a local pet store. I came across this skull with celtic-like engravings on it and figured I could do something with it for terrain.
First thing I did was pop out the jewel eyes and then with my dremel I removed the celtic symbols from most of the skull. Then I sanded the surface down to make it smooth.
Next I took a piece of clay and rolled it into a cylinder and put it on top of the skull. Then with smaller strips of clay I fashioned out the tree roots to look like they were snaking down the sides of the skull in order to anchor themselves into the earth.
I smoothed and blended the joins between the main trunk and the roots with my exacto blade and a wooden stick.
Then I let the clay dry for 48 hours. Once dried I smoothed out the rough areas with fine grain sand paper and my exacto knife.
Next I glued the skull to a piece of hard board and added in shale, sand and plaster blocks.
Before undercoating the piece I applied a couple of coats of water-down wood glue to the clay tree and tiles. Then I started to paint the piece using the same process used in all of the previous swamp terrain.
Here are some pictures of the finished piece.
Chaos Warrior for scale.